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Animal Superstitions: Feline Mystic

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Friday the 13th has long been considered a day of bad luck and ominous fortune. Walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, having a black cat cross your path- these are all considered unlucky things, but especially so on Friday the 13th. This got me wondering about other animal superstitions involving animals, especially cats, and a little research did not disappoint. Continue…

7 Things You Need To Know About Heartworms

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Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs, cats, and ferrets.  Heartworms are a foot-long worm that lives in the heart, lungs and associated vessels.  This week Dr. Coffin will discuss some important and interesting facts about heartworms.

 

 

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The Food Lure Shaping Your Dogs Behavior

food lureUsing a food lure is a basic component of any positive reinforcement training plan. It gives us a valuable tool to help teach our dog behaviors and cues, and even modify behavioral problems. By teaching our dogs to follow a food lure, we can achieve our training goals more efficiently and keep training time fun for us and our pups! Continue…

Spring has Sprung, and so have the Fleas!

 

Warmer weather brings blossoms and blooms and unfortunately, bugs. March signals the beginning of flea and tick season and is the time to start taking preventive measures against fleas.  Understanding the flea life cycle will help you eliminate them from your pets. Continue…

Get Your Dog To Behave: Show Some Lovin’

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Say it ain’t so, Cooper. What’s that? Shelters are loaded with dogs abandoned by pet owners. That’s not right, is it? No, Cooper, you are correct. Too many dogs find their way to shelters simply because their pet owners failed to offer a lot of love and understanding.

Behavior ranks as the No. 1 reason that pet owners give up on their pooches. Couldn’t take another torn up couch. Another pair of shoes destroyed. Garbage litters the floor every time the dog is left alone. Not enough time in the day to spend with that precious puppy. Continue…

Be A.W.A.R.E. Of Online Pet Pharmacies

online pet pharmaciesThe FDA regulates the manufacture and distribution of human and animal drugs to provide safe medication for you and your pet.  State pharmacy boards help regulate the dispensing of human and animal prescription medications.  Dr. Anna Coffin wants to make you aware of the dangers of online pet pharmacies.  Continue…

Put Dental Care On Your Pet’s Checklist

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Heartworm prevention – check. Shots – check. Groomed – check. Dental exam and cleaning – Hmmm? Fido and Fluffy need their teeth cleaned!

Yes, pet owners usually make sure their dogs and cats receive TLC from head to toe, but just may forget the all-important mouth and the teeth inside their furry friends. Ignoring those pearly whites leads to a big problem. By the age of two, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease. The consequences, just as with your teeth, can lead to other serious issues. Continue…

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